Action: Prevent Wrongful Convictions
Since 1989, nearly 200 people have been wrongly convicted in California. Email your state assemblymember and ask them to support SB 923.
According to the Innocence Project, mistaken eyewitness identification played a role in over 70 percent of convictions that were later overturned by DNA testing. This represents one of the most flagrant injustices plaguing our nation's judicial system.
Racial bias — both implicit and explicit — contributes to people being misidentifed in a lineup. Innocent people have spent decades behind bars for no reason. Even if the conviction is eventually overturned, the consequences of the experience can last a lifetime.
SB 923 would require police throughout the state to adhere to evidence-based standards during eyewitness identifications that have been proven to improve accuracy and reliability. Although many law enforcement agencies in California already follow some or all of the recommended procedures, SB 923 is needed to make sure police follow these procedures consistently across the state.
Together we can make sure that California does everything in its power to keep innocent people out of prison.